Stay in a castle, sleep in a temple, float away on a narrowboat; if you’re searching for somewhere special to stay in Gloucestershire, look no further, as SoGlos has found 12 amazingly alternative settings.
Our eclectic hot list features everything from gorgeous group accommodation to quirky caravans – and is sure to offer heaps of inspiration.
Float away with Gloucester Narrowboats, meandering along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and soaking up the sights; a whole new way to explore the city, boats are certainly an exciting alternative to a standard hotel.
The holiday boat is available for three- or four-night getaways, with room for couples or a small family. Whether guests want to spend a night in Gloucester Docks, moored next to a riverside pub, or nestled in the countryside, they’re sure to have a lovely experience.
A secluded and romantic lakeside escape, The Temple at Stancombe provides a truly memorable setting. Brimming with unique charm, the grade I-listed building and surrounding Folly Gardens promise a wonderful experience.
Offering the rare chance to stay in your very own temple right here in the Cotswolds, there’s room for two people to stay overnight. Prices include a lavish welcome hamper encompassing champagne, fine wines, breakfast treats and more.
Play King or Queen for the night at the stunning Thornbury Castle. Steeped in history, guests can soak up the sights of walled gardens, turrets and towers, retreating up the spiral stone stairs to their room.
With fantastic features including four-poster beds, hanging tapestries, and arrow-slit windows, there’s even the chance to sleep in the same bedroom that hosted Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535!
Animal lovers will enjoy settling down for a night’s sleep on Cotswold Farm Park’s campsite. The pods will put paid to any preconceptions of camping, thanks to electric and heating, ensuring that guests enjoy some home comforts during their stay.
For the ultimate luxury, there’s the option of glamping in Moroccan-themed tents; complete with lighting, electricity, beds and fresh linen, a clothes rail and even a privacy screen. Glampers even have access to a communal kitchen and an on-site pizza delivery service!
Nestled within the beautiful countryside, YHA St Briavels Castle transports guests back in time, with the grade I-listed monument boasting a medieval charm and rich history that spans more than 800 years.
The hostel is comprised of 66 beds across six characterful rooms, as well as social spaces. The Castle Chapel is a comfortable family lounge; The Old Kitchen has striking features including wood panels, a period fireplace and the original staircase; and The Banqueting Hall is a spacious dining area.
With 14 rooms and space for up to 43 guests, The Barrel Store in Cirencester is a boutique hostel that’s ideal for larger groups and families, offering a convenient and comfortable base in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Designed to be simple but stylish, guests can expect budget accommodation with high-end flair. The modern rooms are housed in a beautiful Cotswold stone building and can be booked individually or together; there’s the option for larger groups to book an entire floor or wing if desired.
As well as its luxurious suites, The Fish Hotel in Broadway boasts five Hilly Huts, three Treehouses and five Hideaway Huts, all located in the picturesque woodlands.
The Treehouses offer a particularly special stay. Certain to provide the ‘wow factor’ and the promise of unleashing each guest’s inner child, these spectacular retreats have it all. Boasting beautiful views and heaps of character, alongside excellent amenities including underfloor heating, a mini bar and Nespresso machine.
Described by Country Life Magazine as ‘the prettiest garden building in England’, the 18th-century Orangery at Frampton Court is a striking building that welcomes guests to enjoy a secluded getaway.
Surrounded by parklands, the Orangery provides an idyllic setting and its striking gothic architecture certainly has the wow factor. Guests can expect period features and spacious rooms, with room for up to eight people.
Stay overnight in Warwick Knight Caravan, offering a quirky and unique take on glamping. Located in Longney, the caravan benefits from a rural setting with lovely views across the surrounding orchard and countryside.
Dating back to the 1950s and beautifully restored to ensure a deluxe stay, Warwick Knight Caravan can accommodate a family of four. Guests can enjoy a drink on the roof garden, snuggle down by the wood burner, or simply relax and enjoy the views.
Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life in the Forest of Dean. Forest Holidays’ log cabins offer a wonderful experience within a picture-perfect setting; whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, holiday with friends or family retreat, there’s plenty of choice.
Accommodation options include the Golden Oak Treehouse which connects to other cabins via a rustic wooden bridge; the Golden Oak Hideaway complete with hot tub and hammock; and the Golden Oak with a barbecue and log-burning stove.
Upcote Farm promises a wonderful glamping experience in the Cotswolds; guests can choose between the Banny pod, Ladygrove pod and a Shepherds Hut.
Welcoming guests for a stay on a family farm, the cosy pods are hidden away in a wooded glade, and have even been featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. Meanwhile the Shepherds Hut is nestled 40 metres away, offering even more seclusion, with its own wood burner and electricity.
If a waterside cabin with hot tub appeals, a getaway with Log House Holidays should suffice. Set across a 130-acre Cotswold nature reserve, there are eight Scandinavian log cabins complete with lake views, private beach, log fires and even rowing boats.
Catering from four to 11 people, the various cabins each offer a secluded space within stunning natural surroundings. All individually furnished with stylish features and modern facilities, expect luxuries such as private piers, fire pits and your very own library.
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